Four Cardinals in MLB Top 100
Following MLB Pipeline’s list of Top 10 prospects by position reported last week, MLB Pipeline issued its Top 100 prospects this week. The Cardinals had four prospects make this list, beginning with pitcher Alex Reyes, who was ranked No. 6 on the list. Rounding out the Cardinals are catcher Carson Kelly at No. 39, pitcher Luke Weaver at No. 68, and shortstop Delvin Perez at No. 91.
The four Cardinals is double the representation from last year, when only two St. Louis players made the list, Reyes, and pitcher Jack Flaherty. MLB Pipeline’s rankings are assembled by prospect evaluators Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis, and Mike Rosenbaum.
The rankings are compiled using information from industry sources and analysis is made from skill sets, upside, proximity to the majors and potential immediate impact to their teams. Only players with rookie status entering the 2017 season are eligible for the list. Reyes, Kelly, and Weaver maintained their rookie status despite debuting in the majors last season.
Over 49 innings with the Cardinals, Reyes had an ERA of 1.57 and struck out 52, both in a relief role and as a starter. Weaver finished with a 5.70 ERA in nine appearances with St. Louis, eight of them as a starter.
Kelly, the top ranked catcher in the Top 100, debuted with the Cardinals as a September call-up. Kelly appeared in 10 games for the Cardinals, then followed that with a strong performance in the Arizona Fall League.
Perez was the Cardinals’ first round draft choice in the 2016 draft. Perez had originally been expected to be selected early in the draft, but a failed drug test announcement shortly before the draft caused him to fall to the Cardinals, a somewhat controversial pick for the Cardinals in the No. 23 spot. Perez slashed .294/.352/.393 in 43 games for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.
Additional “hacking” scandal details
New details have come out concerning the illegal intrusion of the Houston Astros database by former Cardinals Scouting Director Chris Correa. In a story published in the Houston Chronicle on Saturday, it is reported that a federal judge has unsealed documents revealing new details surrounding the case.
According to the story, the new documents reveal that Correa accessed Houston’s systems 48 times over a 2 1/2 year span beginning in January 2012. Correa accessed the accounts of five Astros employees, including former Cardinals front office employee Sig Mejdal, under whom Correa worked as an analyst. Correa used passwords belonging to GM Jeff Luhnow, analyst Colin Wyers, and three Astros minor league players to access the Astros’ database.
While the unsealed documents, specifically the sentencing report, reveals not only details of specific intrusions but arguments of the prosecutors with respect to Correa’s motivations and likely usage of the information obtained, nothing in the documents points to knowledge of or usage by any other employee of the Cardinals’ front office. Correa was found guilty last July of violation of five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer, and was sentenced to 46 months in a federal penitentiary.
The full article in the Chronicle can be found here.
It is expected that a decision by the Commissioner’s office with respect to punishment of the Cardinals’ organization will be forthcoming shortly.
Trade and Acquisition Rumors
There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.
There are no transactions to report.
There is no injury news to report.
Cardinals pitchers Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha have filed for arbitration and along with the team have submitted salary numbers for 2017. Martinez and the team are $350,000 apart, while the difference between Wacha and the club is $425,000. From January 30 through February 17, arbitration hearings will taking place in Phoenix, Arizona in which one or the other amount will be selected. A settlement between the team and either or both pitchers is still possible up until their hearings. Should the Cardinals reach an agreement with Martinez and/or Wacha, an announcement should be forthcoming within the next several weeks. The Cardinals have not been to an arbitration hearing with a player since 1999, but hardened their stance this year.
Spring Training begins in mid-February, with pitchers and catchers scheduled to report on February 14, and position players on February 17. The first spring training game is scheduled for February 25 against the Miami Marlins. The full Spring Training schedule can be found here.
Several Cardinals players will be participating in the World Baseball Classic, which begins on March 6. The players are Seung Hwan Oh (Korea) Alex Reyes and Carlos Martinez (Dominican Republic), Yadier Molina (Puerto Rico) and Matt Carpenter (USA). All five players will miss some or most of Spring Training to take part in the Classic. Information about the tournament, including the schedule and pools, can be found at www.worldbaseballclassic.com .
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